UK news

Universal Jurisdiction change becomes law

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2011

The British government has approved the change in this country's universal jurisdiction law.

Nearly two years after Israeli Opposition leader Tzipi Livni was forced to cancel a trip to the UK when pro-Palestinian activists applied for a warrant for her arrest, the change was given the Royal Assent and became law.


Police probe for Giffnock Facebook

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2011

Police are investigating who was behind a Facebook page mocking the Jewish community of Giffnock in Glasgow.

Nearly 1,000 people "liked" the "Welcome to Israel, only kidding you're in Giffnock" page, which remained on the social networking site for more than a week before it was shut down last Friday.

The page hosted comments including "Jewish scum" and "F--- the Jewish Zionist".


Poster dauber says his aim 'political'

September 15, 2011

An Egyptian man who daubed antisemitic graffiti on posters advertising the work of Lord Sugar and Steven Spielberg has been cleared of having a racially or religiously aggravated motive.

Yacoub Osman, 53, chose Chalk Farm Tube station, used by a large number of Jewish Londoners, for his month-long spree of scrawling anti-Israel slogans and a Nazi swastika, Blackfriars Crown Court was told last


Jail for Jew-hating terror jihadists

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 15, 2011

Jihadists from Manchester who wanted to kill Jews, used anti-Israel films to recruit terrorists and organised support for a Gaza aid convoy, have been jailed.

Munir Farooqi, Israr Malik and Matthew Newton, who received sentences of between six years and life imprisonment at Manchester Crown Court last Friday (September 9), were snared when they unwittingly recruited undercover policemen for ter


Missing pensioner sought

By Simon Rocker, September 15, 2011

Police have appealed for information about a Jewish woman who has been missing for nearly six months.

Margo Leitch, 73, who lives in sheltered housing in Grove Park, south-east London, was last seen at her home in March and listed as missing in April.

Ian Wall, of the Metropolitan Police's missing persons team in Catford, said; "We are quite concerned.


Canadian to lead EDL Jews

By Marcus Dysch, September 15, 2011

The new leader of the English Defence League's Jewish division has encouraged British Jews to back the extreme right-wing group and "defend liberal democracy".

James Cohen, 52, who is based in Ottawa, Canada, said his dealings with EDL leaders had led him to believe they were "affable, intelligent, right-minded people" who had been "wrongly maligned" by the British media.

Mr Cohen, a writer


Cable Street march set for ban lift

By Jessica Elgot, September 15, 2011

The Metropolitan Police will ask Home Secretary Theresa May to review the month-long ban on marches through London's East End, in case it affects the Battle of Cable Street commemorations.

The banning order prohibiting the holding of all public processions in five London boroughs for 30 days was made in response to the English Defence League's plan to march through Tower Hamlets last month.


SOAS 'cheekbiter' trial is delayed

By Jessica Elgot, September 15, 2011

The trial of the man who allegedly bit the cheek of a pro-Israel activist at SOAS is to be delayed by a further eight weeks.

Despite the alleged assault occurring in March, defendant Mohamed Abdelkarim, 42, had requested that the trial should be delayed further, because he was completing his PhD.

He faces a charge of common assault after allegedly biting a pro-Israel demonstrator at a Celeb


South Africa's Goldstein wows British rabbinate

By Simon Rocker, September 15, 2011

The Chief Rabbi of South Africa, Warren Goldstein, tipped as a possible successor to Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, made a favourable impression on United Synagogue rabbis in a brief visit to the UK.

Rabbi Goldstein was here to deliver the keynote address at Lord Sacks's annual pre-High Holy Day conference for the rabbinate last week.

One US rabbi said: "He had everyone mesmerised.


UK lawyers probe Israeli justice

By Martin Bright, September 15, 2011

A group of senior British lawyers, including Shadow Attorney-General Baroness Scotland, visited Israel and the Palestinian territories this week to investigate allegations of the mistreatment of children under Israeli military law.

Answering a parliamentary question last week, Middle East Minister Alistair Burt confirmed that the delegation had the backing of the UK government.

"The UK remai